31 Acts of Kindness: Take the Challenge! + FREE Printable Checklist!

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On this blog, I’m always talking about how God shines a light in the darkness. My favorite QuoteByMe™ is “light can shine even in the darkest places.”

But how do you shine your light to others? How do you help chase away the darkness in this world?

A great place to start is doing acts of kindness. These simple acts have a small impact on the world. Together, we can use acts of kindness to help shine a light.

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So, I’ve put together a list of 31 Acts of Kindness for you to try this March – I challenge you to do them all! And, I’m going to try to do these with you!

I’m even including a free printable checklist at the end of this post that you can put in your room so you can check them off and remind yourself to do them! We can do this, guys! Of course, you can always skip the ones that don’t apply to you (like maybe your family didn’t watch TV on March 17 so you couldn’t do #17.)

How it works: Do one of these challenges every day this March, and check it off on the free printable as you go! If you have to skip one because it doesn’t apply, save it for a different day or repeat an earlier one. Don’t worry about getting behind, because you can always do two in one day or save some for May!

  1. Hold the door for someone.
  2. Lend a helping hand.
  3. Do your chores or pitch in without being asked. Your parents will thank you!
  4. This one is from Maddie Ziegler in her book The Maddie Diaries – send a text (or letter if you don’t have a phone or can’t text) to someone you haven’t seen in forever, saying how much you miss them!
  5. Give someone a compliment and really mean it.
  6. Let someone know that everything is going to be okay.
  7. Leave a sweet comment on someone’s blog that doesn’t get much traffic. Comments make a blogger’s day!
  8. Smile. A smile goes a long way. If you smile, someone else will probably start smiling too!
  9. Say hi or good morning to a random stranger.
  10. Write a Bible verse on a sticky note and stick it somewhere people will see it.
  11. Put others before yourself.
  12. Surprise someone (Think candy, a book, something you made, a just-because card…). They’ll appreciate it!
  13. This one is from Charis Rae – leave a note in a library book for others to see!
  14. Give someone you love a hug.
  15. Isn’t it so fun to get mail? Why not write a letter to a friend?
  16. Let someone else have a turn.
  17. Let someone else pick the TV show!
  18. Make a just-because card.
  19. Leave encouraging notes around a public place, like your school or library.
  20. Pray for your friends and family.
  21. Donate something to a charity you love.
  22. Follow someone back or comment back.
  23. Let someone borrow something (like a book!)
  24. Create something – a story, a piece of art, card, a dance, poem, song – and give it to someone or dedicate it to them.
  25. Try to only say kind and helpful things for the day. Keep thoughts of hate or dislike about someone to yourself. It’s okay to have opinions. It’s not okay to hurt someone’s feelings. If you are going to criticize someone, then do it constructively and kindly.
  26. Let your friends and family know how much you appreciate them.
  27. Write something (like a blog post or email) about kindness and share it with your followers or friends.
  28. Send a nice text. Why? Because who wouldn’t love to see their phone light up with a sweet note! Include lots of smiley emojis!
  29. Help someone.
  30. Give something (a tip or word of encouragement) to someone who needs it.
  31. Spend the day thinking about others and being as kind as you can.

The Free Printable

I encourage all of you to take the challenge! I would absolutely love it if you shared this post with anyone you think would like to do this challenge, so that way we can spread the word! Have a fantastic day, and don’t forget to hold the door! (Day 1’s challenge :P)

Are you doing this challenge? Are you excited? Doesn’t the world need more kindness and light?

PS. Before you go, we’d love it if you would reblog or sign up to be an author! Don’t forget to send us your prayer requests, too!

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What Christians Forget About Their Identity: Finding YOU Behind Life’s Labels (Guest Post by Julia)

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Hey there people, my name is Julia.  I’m a writer, blogger, bookdragon, Ice cream lover, and a kazillion other things. (Annoying being one of those.)

You know what else I am? A Christian.

Now, if you’ve been around the blogosphere a time or two you may have noticed something.  Many bloggers, in their bios, mention a handful of things that define them – such as a writer, reader, entrepreneur, etc.  And in the same way, they will also include things like “Christian”, “Child of God”, “Believer”, and “Jesus follower” to let people know about their Faith in God.  This is all perfectly fine, I firmly believe that we who are saved should make it clear Who it is that we serve.  

HOWEVER.  

Christians have fallen into the incredibly deep pit of LABELS.  And this habit is starting to not only dampen our lives — but it’s also the very source of our IDENTITY PROBLEMS.

Do you call yourself a “writer”? — that tells people that you write (obviously) and gives them a picture of one of the things you spend your time doing. But, what if I was to take away that title – that label of a “writer” from you.  Guess what? You would still be you! Me taking away that label does absolutely nothing to change you.

Are you a “reader” or a “bookworm”? That tells us you like to read — a lot.  But if that label of a “reader” was taken away, you’d still be the same book-loving person as before.

The same is with an artist, or a plumber, or a chef – you strip them of their labels and they remain the same people.

Labels help define you, but they are not you.

-Colin Wright

This is because, like Colin Wright once said, these labels — they are an easy and fast way to let people know what sort of things you like to do or are interested in.  But they are still just labels – and no matter how well a label may describe you, it is still not truly who you are.

This is why people have such a hard time with their identity and knowing who they are.

Because we put so much on labels.  We want to be able to grasp a title and say “THIS IS WHO I AM” – but its not that easy, and often, even once you’ve found a title that fits you really well, you’ll still feel discontented because that’s not who you are – things that define something can never be that thing themselves.  

So how do you discover your true identity?

Speaking specifically to Christians, the answer to this is the same thing we forget while telling the world “I’m a Christian”.

We’re so busy using the title or label of a Christian, that we forget what that actually means.  We start to view it as this thing, something we put on as our identity – like clothes.

The key to truly finding our identities is in remembering that Christianity is NOT a label – Christianity is WHO WE ARE.  

26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith.

Galatians 3:26 NIV

You are a child of the Great I AM. Once you were the child of Sin, but now you have been adopted into God’s family.  Which means, that old identity, that old name, that old person you used to be is GONE. Now you are a Christian and that’s not just some title or label that describes you.

THAT IS WHO YOU ARE – Inside – The REAL YOU.  

When you’re saved, that Sinful person dies and a new person is born – not on the outside, but on the inside – your identity – your very being is made new.  

A Christian is not WHAT I am, a Christian is WHO I am.

You can strip away my claims of being a “writer”, “reader”, or “blogger” –you can tear away all the labels I’ve ever used to describe myself — but you can NEVER, NEVER, take away my identity.

All those labels, they can be lost, after all, they’re only temporal – but my position as a child of GOD is ETERNAL.  

Because that’s the deepest part of who I am.

And behind all the labels – that’s who you are too.

So let’s not forget it.

Meet the Blogger:

Julia Skinner is a lover of fantasies, cleanliness, and sarcasm with a rather concerning fondness of sharp things. She dwells in the reclusive Texas countryside with her parents and 4 siblings where she bemourns her ruthless nemesis: MATH, fumes at her computer’s unresponsiveness whenever she attempts to do her college and buries herself between pages of words. Her existence solely relies on the constant, never-ending mercy of her Savior Jesus Christ and she lives to bring Him glory in all things.

Julia writes about all things inspiring, from books to hobbies, every week over at LITAFLAME.BLOG

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Hey guys. It’s Emmie here. I’m honestly at loss for words at how wonderful this post is and how incredible the message is. Thank you so much to Julia for writing it and congratulations to her on winning the giveaway!

If you would like your guest post featured like this one, I am opening guest post submission in a few weeks! (Think March 6). I’m looking forward to seeing your submissions!

Are you planning on submitting a guest post when submissions open? Did you like this post as much as I did? Do you find your identity in God, not labels?

PS. Before you go, we’d love it if you would reblog or sign up to be an author! Don’t forget to send us your prayer requests, too!

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I worked super hard on the new site design! I’d love it if you read this post on the website by clicking here.

Sometimes we need to take a step back and be thankful for all that God has done for us.

Today I heard my dad tell my mom to not worry about wasting because he found out that our insulin was free. Our insurance covers it.

Why am I telling you this? Because when I heard that I realized how incredibly blessed we are. How so many families struggle to get insulin and other basic needs for diabetics. How I need to be more thankful!

There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.

You’ve seen this on signs, Bibles, home decor, posters. For me, just looking at this phrase conjures up images of a wooden sign with a brush font. But despite how common or cliche this saying might be, it really is true.

There is ALWAYS something to be thankful for. Because even if somehow you’re in the worst situation even possible, you’re trapped in the darkness and you’re broken inside, God still loves you. And that is something to be thankful for!

“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)

So today, I want you to take a look around you. At the food on your table, the roof over your head, and the clothes on your back. Because these are things that too many people don’t have. Be thankful, for you are blessed!

Thank you, Lord, for all of my blessings. Thank you for the little things. Thank you for the big things. Thank you, God, for running clean water and light and food and a home and a family. Thank you for all you do for me. Please help me to be thankful. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

(I’m ending my devotionals with prayer now, so you can follow along and pray with me or just read the prayer while you think about the devotional. What do you think?)

What do you think of the new design? The prayer at the end? What are you thankful for?

PS. Before you go, we’d love it if you would reblog or sign up to be an author! Don’t forget to send us your prayer requests, too!

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Book Review: Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis

Hi, lovely readers! I’m finally posting on Wednesday! 😛 So, today I’m going to be doing something a bit different from usual. I’m going to be reviewing the book Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis!


Go tell it on the mountain
Over the hills and everywhere
Go tell it on the mountain
Our Jesus Christ is born

Songwriters: Aaron Joseph Neville / John W. Work
Go Tell It on the Mountain lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Grou
The audiobook cover (I read a paperback)

This book was life-changing. It made me tear up because I wished I could do something like Katie did.

Katie Davis is a missionary in Uganda, and mother of thirteen adopted Ugandan children. Her book followed her story, a story of hope, healing, and love.

She talked about trusting in God when you are afraid, being brave when you feel anything but, and sacrificing everything to serve others. Katie’s story is full of light, and this book was too.

My favorite parts of the book were when she described how she got each of her daughters, the One Day… journal entries, and the photo inserts.

I couldn’t put it down! Every word was perfectly written, every chapter full of more surprises, and there were even pictures of her adorable adopted children. Jane’s story made me almost cry. The whole book almost made me cry.

And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.

Mark 16:15-16

Because Katie is an example of someone who is willing to be God’s hands and feet and serve others.

The cover was gorgeous, and so was the blurb, and every aspect of the book was generally awesome. I definitely rate this book 5 stars, and I 110% recommend it! I got my copy from the library, but you can also purchase it here. She also wrote a sequel that I can’t wait to read!

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Philippians 4:8 New International Version (NIV)

Overall, this is a truly awesome book that is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, respectworthy, excellent, and praiseworthy!

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Have you read this book? If so, what was your favorite part? Are you planning on reading it? Would you like to see more posts like this?

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PS. Before you go, we’d love it if you would reblog or sign up to be an author! Don’t forget to send us your prayer requests, too!

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1 Year Giveaway Winner!

Hi, everyone! I’m so grateful that I’ve been blessed with these entries, and I’m super excited to find out the winner! Just a reminder – the winner will receive:

An awesome package of 5 DIFFERENT PHONE AND DESKTOP WALLPAPERS designed by yours truly!

A GUEST POST on Standing Firm in My Faith!

And, if you choose, a COMPLETE BLOG REDESIGN tailored to your liking!

Now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for! *Drumroll please* And the winner is…

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Julia @ Lit Aflame!

I’m so excited and happy for you, Julia! Thank you so much for entering, guys! Your support means a lot to me! You guys will be seeing Julia’s guest post soon!

But Julia opted out of the blog design option, and I know a lot of you guys were really excited about that. So, I decided to PICK ANOTHER WINNER to ONLY receive the blog design! And that winner is…

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Ani G @ Ani’s Books!

I’m so excited to design your blog, Ani, and thank you for all the bonus entries you did, wow! Once again, thank you all for entering!

I will be emailing the winners shortly, and if they don’t respond in 2 weeks I will pick another winner! Thanks for scrolling reading this, and see you on Wednesday for a book review!

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Did you enter the giveaway? Are you excited for the winners?

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PS. Before you go, we’d love it if you would reblog or sign up to be an author! Don’t forget to send us your prayer requests, too!

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Flexible + I Need Your Help!

Part 1 – Release

Part 2 – Flexible

Sorry this is late! I had ballet and school yesterday, and on Wednesday I was super busy with schoolwork and more dance!

Hey guys! Before we begin, I would like to thank everyone for your support for the giveaway! We’ve gotten a lot of entries and I’m super excited! I’m so impatient to find out who wins, I don’t think I can wait until February 3! We also are also at 60 followers now, so thank you so much!!

I mentioned in my post Release that my personal word of the year is Flexible, and I’m going to share with you today what that means to me!


flexible [flek-suh-buhl]
adjective

-capable of bending easily without breaking
-able to be easily modified to respond to altered circumstances or conditions.
-(of a person) ready and able to change so as to adapt to different circumstances.

Google Dictionary

I’m a dancer, so being flexible is important. If you can do the splits on the ground, you’ll be able to leap into the air beautifully onstage. You can bend your body to perform better, and strengthen your muscles to help you hold flexible positions longer.

But the word flexible doesn’t only apply to dancers, contortionists, gymnasts, and more, it also applies to personality!

12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.  I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:12-13 English Standard Version (ESV)

I like things to be nice, even, clear. I set a lot of deadlines for myself, and get really stressed out if I don’t finish them. (I thought I was going to be able to film my Christmas AGSM by December 21, but I only finished it on New Years’ Day!)

So, this year, I’m trying to be more flexible with my schedule, “deadlines”, and accept changes in my life as part of God’s plan.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:2 ESV

Last year I faced a lot of changes and a lot of new things, and this year might not bring such drastic alterations to my life. But it surely will bring changes.

In a way, being flexible kind of means being strong, too: “capable of bending easily without breaking.” Even though this definition is probably more for material things, I think it can also apply to life! If you are flexible, you’ll be able to stand more firm in your faith.

(Anna McNulty) Via

To keep this series going, I need your help! What’s YOUR word of the year? If you share it in the comments, it might be featured in the next part of the series! Thank you so much for your help, guys! God bless!

PS: We’re no longer accepting guest posts and new authors for the time being, but submissions will reopen in spring.

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What’s your word of the year? Do you like this series?

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PS. Before you go, we’d love it if you would reblog or sign up to be an author! Don’t forget to send us your prayer requests, too, and enter the giveaway!

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One Year 💕 {GIVEAWAY!}

One year of devotionals. Of posting and then not posting. Of users and followers coming and going. Of stories. One year of growing closer to God and sharing God’s word through this blog.

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

-Psalm 118:24 ESV

You may be wondering why I’m posting on a Monday. Actually you probably aren’t because I haven’t officially announced my Wednesday blogging schedule. 😛 Oh well.

Anyways, this is the reason why: Today is the one-year blogaversiary of Standing Firm in My Faith, and we also hit 50 followers a few days ago!

I cannot believe how much support that I’ve gotten through this blog, even when it was inactive. Ever since my cringey, messy, all-over-the-place, weirdly dramatic first post, I’ve grown as a blogger and in my faith!

In honor of this blog’s 1-year blogaversiary and 50-followers milestone, I’m hosting a GIVEAWAY!!!

And since the giveaway is completely virtual, I won’t need your address so anyone can enter! Here’s what the prize includes:

An awesome package of 5 DIFFERENT PHONE AND DESKTOP WALLPAPERS designed by yours truly!

A GUEST POST on Standing Firm in My Faith!

And, if you choose, a COMPLETE BLOG REDESIGN tailored to your liking!

All you have to do to enter is fill out the form below!

CLICK TO FILL OUT THE FORM ⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️

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Thank you so much for an amazing year. None of this would be possible without you…and God!

150 Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
    praise him in his mighty heavens![a
Praise him for his mighty deeds;
    praise him according to his excellent greatness!

Praise him with trumpet sound;
    praise him with lute and harp!
Praise him with tambourine and dance;
    praise him with strings and pipe!
Praise him with sounding cymbals;
    praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!

Let Everything Praise the Lord – Psalm 150

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Are you going to enter the giveaway? Are you excited? Did you complete all the bonus entries?

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PS. Before you go, we’d love it if you would reblog or sign up to be an author! Don’t forget to send us your prayer requests, too!

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